Lara Gueguen

Lara Gueguen

Senior Partnerships Coordinator


OnCourse, University of Texas

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Knew I was going to attend college.
Changing majors IN college..deciding on a love for psychology.
Attending graduate school in educational psychology and counseling.
Getting my first job as a school counselor in an elementary school.
Moving to Colorado and Texas, becoming a mental health therapist for teenagers and their families.
Counseling in high schools and becoming passionate about college and career readiness.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Lakewood High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
Ohio University-Main Campus
graduate
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Ohio University-Main Campus
Career

Career

Senior Partnerships Coordinator

I work with school districts across Texas to support college and career preparedness.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Business
Business
Working with Others
Working with Others

Day to Day

Some days I present to educators on the resources that Texas OnCourse has to offer and how to utilize them. Other days I help those educators individually, and I reach out to schools and districts across the state to set up professional development. I collaborate with our product team as well to provide feedback and updates to our systems.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My background in school counseling at the high school level has helped me tremendously in my current job. I have spent several years helping students graduate from high school and plan for their future. I have helped large school districts develop college and career advising strategies at their campuses. Listening, planning, and problem solving have all been vital skills for my career. I enjoy working as part of a team and that has also been an essential element of my job.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

As a high school student, the most important step I took in deciding my career path was to attend a university that was a good fit for me, even though I was an undecided major. I took general courses that I was interested in, and Educational Psychology was a life changing course for me; I knew I wanted to be in the field. I spoke to the professor directly and asked about the career path, and applied for graduate programs in Educational Psychology and Counseling.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"People in education don't make any money. That college might not be a good fit for you."

Sometimes knowing what you want to do is something you have to stick to; not everyone knows what is best for you and unfortunately, they let a lot negativity come out in their "opinions". Be strong in your language about what your passion is, and you don't have to always please others. Also, career paths are very organic nowadays. Becoming an expert in your field takes time, dedication, and and you can make a great salary even in a field that traditionally is not very high-paying.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I definitely struggled to fund part of my education and had moments where I did not always believe I could finish. I also struggled financially living in expensive cities, working many hours, and making what felt like a low salary.